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  • CURING AFFLUENZA : How to Buy Less Stuff and Save the World
    CURING AFFLUENZA : How to Buy Less Stuff and Save the World
    DENNISS RICHARD
    ISBN: 9781863959414
    Title: CURING AFFLUENZA : How to Buy Less Stuff and Save the World
    Author: DENNISS RICHARD
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Affluenza is the empty sense we feel when our wasteful consumerist lifestyle leaves us dissatisfied and unfulfilled. How can we cure ourselves of this strikingly modern affliction? According to Richard Denniss, we must distinguish between consumerism, the love of buying things, which is undeniably harmful to us and to the planet, and materialism, the love of things, which can in fact be beneficial. In this sparkling book of ideas, he shows why we must cherish the things that we own - preserve them, maintain them, and then gift them or sell them when we no longer have a need for them. If we as a society do not cure ourselves of affluenza, we make it impossible for all the people of our planet to enjoy a higher standard of living, and we condemn our environment to a polluted and unsustainable future.

    Imprint: BLACK INC
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • DANCING BEARS : True Stories about Longing for the Old Days
    DANCING BEARS : True Stories about Longing for the Old Days
    SZABLOWSKI WITOLD
    ISBN: 9781925603361
    Title: DANCING BEARS : True Stories about Longing for the Old Days
    Author: SZABLOWSKI WITOLD
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A brilliant, funny and heartbreaking account of people in formerly Communist countries who are nostalgic for how they used to live.

    For hundreds of years, Bulgarian Gypsies trained bears to dance, welcoming them into their families and taking them on the road to perform. In the early 2000s, after the fall of Communism, they were forced to release the bears into a wildlife refuge. But, even today, whenever the bears see a human, they still get up on their hind legs to dance.

    In the tradition of Ryszard Kapuscinski, award-winning Polish journalist Witold Szablowski tells remarkable stories of people throughout Eastern Europe and in Cuba who, like Bulgaria's dancing bears, are now free but long for when they were not. He describes hitchhiking through Kosovo as it declares independence, arguing with the guides at the Stalin Museum, and sleeping in London's Victoria Station alongside a homeless Polish woman. Dancing Bears is a fascinating portrait of social and economic upheaval, and a lesson in the challenges of freedom and the seductions of authoritarian rule.

    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • DANGEROUS CASE OF DONALD TRUMP : 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President
    DANGEROUS CASE OF DONALD TRUMP : 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President
    LEE BANDY X
    ISBN: 9781250179456
    Title: DANGEROUS CASE OF DONALD TRUMP : 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President
    Author: LEE BANDY X
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Since the start of Trump's presidential run, one question has permeated the observations of concerned citizens: What is wrong with him? Constrained by the APA's "Goldwater rule," which inhibits mental health professionals from diagnosing public figures they have not personally examined, many of those qualified to answer this question have shied away from discussing the issue at all.

    In The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump, mental health experts argue that, in Trump's case, their moral and civic "duty to warn" America supersedes professional neutrality. Philip Zimbardo and Rosemary Sword, for instance, explain Trump's impulsivity in terms of "unbridled and extreme present hedonism." Craig Malkin writes on pathological narcissism. Gail Sheehy, on a lack of trust that exceeds paranoia. Lance Dodes, on sociopathy. Robert Jay Lifton, on the "malignant normality" that can set in everyday life if psychiatrists do not speak up.

    His madness is catching, too. From the trauma people have experienced under the Trump administration to the cult-like characteristics of his followers, he has created unprecedented mental health consequences across our nation and beyond. It's not all in our heads. It's in his.

    Imprint: THOMAS DUNNE BOOKS
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • DARING TO DRIVE : A gripping account of one woman's home-grown courage that will speak to the fighter in all of us
    DARING TO DRIVE : A gripping account of one woman's home-grown courage that will speak to the fighter in all of us
    AL-SHARIF MANAL
    ISBN: 9781471164422
    Title: DARING TO DRIVE : A gripping account of one woman's home-grown courage that will speak to the fighter in all of us
    Author: AL-SHARIF MANAL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: JULY 2018 NEW RELEASE

    Manal al-Sharif was born in Mecca the year fundamentalism took hold in Saudi Arabia. As a young girl she would burn her brother's boy band CDs in the oven because music was haram: forbidden by Islamic law.

    By her twenties she was a computer security engineer. But as she became older, the unequal way in which women are treated became too much to bear: she was branded a slut for talking to male colleagues at work; her school-age brother had to chaperone her on business trips and, while she kept a car in her garage, she was forbidden from driving down Saudi streets.

    Her personal rebellion began the day she got behind the wheel of a car: an act that ultimately led to her arrest and imprisonment. Manal's Women2Drive campaign inspired other women to take action. Manal has been lauded by the Oslo Freedom Forum, described by Time Magazine as one of the most 100 most influential people in the world, and she was awarded the Václav Havel Prize for Creative Dissent.

    Daring to Drive is an account of Manal al-Sharif’s fight for equality in an unequal society. A visceral coming-of-age tale, it is also a celebration of resilience, the power of education and the strength of female solidarity in the face of hardship.

    Imprint: SIMON & SCHUSTER
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • DARK AGE AHEAD
    DARK AGE AHEAD
    JACOBS JANE
    ISBN: 9781400076703
    Title: DARK AGE AHEAD
    Author: JACOBS JANE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Jacobs uses her authoritative work on urban life and economies to discuss ways of protecting and strengthening culture and communities. Wise, worldly, and full of real-life examples and accessible concepts, this book is an essential read for perilous times.

    Imprint: VINTAGE U.S.A.
    RRP: $29.99
    Price: $29.99
  • DARKEST WEB : Drugs Death and Destroyed Lives ... the Inside Story of the Internet's Evil Twin
    DARKEST WEB : Drugs Death and Destroyed Lives ... the Inside Story of the Internet's Evil Twin
    ORMSBY EILEEN
    ISBN: 9781760297855
    Title: DARKEST WEB : Drugs Death and Destroyed Lives ... the Inside Story of the Internet's Evil Twin
    Author: ORMSBY EILEEN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: MARCH 2018 NEW RELEASE

    Hitmen for hire, drugs for sale. Inside the dangerous world that lurks beneath the bright, friendly light of your internet screen

    There's the world wide web - the internet we all know that connects us via news, email, forums, shopping and social media. Then there's the dark web - the parallel internet accessed by only a select few. Usually, those it connects wish to remain anonymous and for good reason.

    In the dark web, email is designed never to reveal users; the news and forums are dedicated to topics of true crime, but with inside information and gruesome detail rarely found on the 'clearweb'. Shopping is paid for with cryptocurrency like bitcoin, but the markets advertise drugs, weapons, hacking tools and far more nefarious goods and services.

    Eileen Ormsby has spent the past five years exploring every corner of the Dark Web. She has shopped on darknet markets, contributed to forums, waited in red rooms and hacked hitmen-for-hire sites. On occasions, her dark web activities have poured out into the real world and she has attended trials, met with criminals and the law enforcement who tracked them down, interviewed dark web identities and visited them in prison.

    This book will take you with me into the murkiest depths of the web's dark underbelly: a place of hitmen for hire, red rooms, hurtcore sites and online black markets. The darkest web.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • DEAR ZEALOTS : Letters from a Divided Land
    DEAR ZEALOTS : Letters from a Divided Land
    OZ AMOS
    ISBN: 9781784742386
    Title: DEAR ZEALOTS : Letters from a Divided Land
    Author: OZ AMOS
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'Concise, evocative....DEAR ZEALOTS is not just a brilliant book of thoughts and ideas--it is a depiction of one man's struggle, who for decades has insisted on keeping a sharp, strident and lucid perspective in the face of chaos and at times of madness.' David Grossman, winner of the Man Booker International Prize


    This collection of three new essays - all based on talks delivered by Amos Oz - was written out of a sense of urgency, concern, and a belief that a better future is still possible. It touches on the universal nature of fanaticism and its possible cures; the Jewish roots of humanism and the need for a secular pride in Israel; and the geopolitical standing of Israel in the wider Middle East and internationally. These three pleas illuminate the argument over Israeli, Jewish and human existence, and Amos Oz sheds a clear and surprising light on vital political and historical issues, daring to offer new ways out of a reality that appears to be closed down.

    Dear Zealots is a significant document that outlines Amos's current thinking about the Middle East - urgent reading for anyone interested in the conflict.

    Imprint: CHATTO & WINDUS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • DEATH AND LIFE OF GREAT AMERICAN CITIES
    DEATH AND LIFE OF GREAT AMERICAN CITIES
    JACOBS JANE
    ISBN: 9780679741954
    Title: DEATH AND LIFE OF GREAT AMERICAN CITIES
    Author: JACOBS JANE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A direct and fundamentally optimistic indictment of the short-sightedness and intellectual arrogance that has characterized much of urban planning in this century, "The Death and Life of Great American Cities" has, since its first publication in 1961, become the standard against which all endeavors in that field are measured. In prose of outstanding immediacy, Jane Jacobs writes about what makes streets safe or unsafe; about what constitutes a neighborhood, and what function it serves within the larger organism of the city; about why some neighborhoods remain impoverished while others regenerate themselves. She writes about the salutary role of funeral parlors and tenement windows, the dangers of too much development money and too little diversity. Compassionate, bracingly indignant, and always keenly detailed, Jane Jacobs's monumental work provides an essential framework for assessing the vitality of all cities.



    Imprint: VINTAGE U.S.A.
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • DEATH OF EXPERTISE : The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters
    DEATH OF EXPERTISE : The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters
    NICHOLS TOM
    ISBN: 9780190469412
    Title: DEATH OF EXPERTISE : The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters
    Author: NICHOLS TOM
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From the anti-vaccination movement to citizen blogging to uninformed attacks on GMOs, the nation has witnessed a surge in intellectual egalitarianism. While increased access to information undoubtedly brings some societal benefits, the leap to enlightenment that millions of lightly educated people believe they make after scouring WebMD or Wikipedia undermines established sources of knowledge.

    Imprint: OXFORD
    RRP: $30.99

    Price: $30.99
  • DECLARATION OF THE RIGHTS OF WOMEN  : The Originial Manifesto for Justice Equality and Freedom
    DECLARATION OF THE RIGHTS OF WOMEN : The Originial Manifesto for Justice Equality and Freedom
    DE GOUGES OLYMPE
    ISBN: 9781781575673
    Title: DECLARATION OF THE RIGHTS OF WOMEN : The Originial Manifesto for Justice Equality and Freedom
    Author: DE GOUGES OLYMPE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Understand the history behind feminism with these core treatises on women's rights.

    Olympe de Gouges was the most important fighter for women's rights you've never heard of. An activist and writer in revolutionary Paris, she published THE DECLARATION OF THE RIGHTS OF WOMEN in 1791, and was beheaded two years later, her articulate demands for equality proving too much for their time.

    Over one hundred and fifty years later, the key statements of her declaration were internationally endorsed by the United Nations in its Declaration on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women, which in turn went on to be legally recognised by nearly every country in the world.

    This volume presents both of these key texts along with enlightening and inspiring commentary from a host of powerful women, from Virginia Woolf to Hillary Clinton.

    Imprint: ILEX
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • DEFEATING ISIS
    DEFEATING ISIS
    NANCE MALCOLM
    ISBN: 9781510711846
    Title: DEFEATING ISIS
    Author: NANCE MALCOLM
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    ISIS—the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria—has taken on the mantle of being the single most dangerous terrorist threat to global security since al-Qaeda. In Defeating ISIS, internationally renowned intelligence veteran, author, and counterterrorism expert Malcolm Nance gives an insider’s view to explain the origins of this occult group, its violent propaganda, and how it spreads its ideology throughout the Middle East and to disaffected youth deep in the heart of the Western world.
    Most importantly, Defeating ISIS gives an amply illustrated, step-by-step analysis of the street-level tactics the group has employed in assaults against fortified targets, in urban combat, and during terrorist operations such as those in Paris during the November 13 attacks.

    Imprint: SKYHORSE BOOKS
    RRP: $42.99

    Price: $42.99
  • DEMAGOGUERY AND DEMOCRACY
    DEMAGOGUERY AND DEMOCRACY
    ROBERTS-MILLER PATRICIA
    ISBN: 9781615194087
    Title: DEMAGOGUERY AND DEMOCRACY
    Author: ROBERTS-MILLER PATRICIA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    DEMAGOGUERY AND DEMOCRACY is a brief, incisive guide to what demagogues (those who gain power by exploiting prejudice and eschewing rational argument) say and do to gain and hold power, and what citizens can do to restore democracy.

    As author and longtime rhetoric professor Patricia Roberts-Miller shows, demagogues might seem volatile and spontaneous, but - from the time of ancient Greece to the age of our demagogue-in-chief, Donald Trump - they actually follow a rather recognizable pattern of irrationality. They appeal to fear but claim courage. They pay lip service to authenticity but embrace obfuscation. They resist concrete policy debate because they prefer to divide and polarize until discussion is nothing more than identity politics. The list goes on.

    The key to resisting demagogues is to know their playbook - to recognize demagoguery when you see it and to know what it leads to - and to learn the ways an engaged citizenry can hasten a demagogue's fall.

    Imprint: AFFIRM PRESS
    RRP: $15.99
    Price: $15.99
  • DEMANDING THE IMPOSSIBLE : A HISTORY OF ANARCHISM
    DEMANDING THE IMPOSSIBLE : A HISTORY OF ANARCHISM
    MARSHALL PETER
    ISBN: 9780006862451
    Title: DEMANDING THE IMPOSSIBLE : A HISTORY OF ANARCHISM
    Author: MARSHALL PETER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A fascinating and comprehensive history of anarchist ideas and actions, 'Demanding the Impossible' is a challenging and thought-provoking examination of this movement from ancient times to the present day. Navigating the broad 'river of anarchy', from Taoism to Situationism, from Ranters to Punk rockers, from individualists to communists, from anarcho-syndicalists to anarcha-feminists, 'Demanding the Impossible' is an authoritative and lively study of a widely misunderstood subject. It explores the key anarchist concepts of society and the state, freedom and equality, authority and power and investigates the successes and failure of the anarchist movements throughout the world. While remaining sympathetic to anarchism, it presents a balanced and critical account. It covers not only the classic anarchist thinkers, such as Godwin, Proudhon, Bakunin, Kropotkin, Reclus and Emma Goldman, but also other libertarian figures, such as Nietzsche, Camus, Gandhi, Foucault and Chomsky. No other book on anarchism covers so much so incisively.In this updated edition, a new epilogue examines the most recent developments, including 'post-anarchism' and 'anarcho-primitivism' as well as the anarchist contribution to the peace, green and 'Global Justice' movements.Demanding the Impossible is essential reading for anyone wishing to understand what anarchists stand for and what they have achieved. It will also appeal to those who want to discover how anarchism offers an inspiring and original body of ideas and practices which is more relevant than ever in the twenty-first century.

    Imprint: PERENNIAL
    RRP: $33.99

    Price: $33.99
  • DEMOCRACY AND ITS CRISIS
    DEMOCRACY AND ITS CRISIS
    GRAYLING A C
    ISBN: 9781786072894
    Title: DEMOCRACY AND ITS CRISIS
    Author: GRAYLING A C
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Prompted by events in recent years in the UK and the USA, in Latin America, Russia and the Middle East, A. C. Grayling investigates why the institutions of representative democracy seem unable to sustain themselves against forces they were designed to manage, and why it matters. In each of five short chapters, he considers a moment in history in which the challenges we face today were first encountered, how they were overcome or not and with what consequences. With the advent of authoritarian leaders and the simultaneous rise of populism, representative democracy appears to be caught between a rock and a hard place, yet it is this space that it must occupy, argues Grayling, if a civilized society, that looks after all its people, is to flourish.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • DEMOCRACY AND ITS CRISIS
    DEMOCRACY AND ITS CRISIS
    GRAYLING A C
    ISBN: 9781786074065
    Title: DEMOCRACY AND ITS CRISIS
    Author: GRAYLING A C
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: JULY 2018 NEW RELEASE

    Prompted by events in recent years in the UK and the USA, in Latin America, Russia and the Middle East, A. C. Grayling investigates why the institutions of representative democracy seem unable to sustain themselves against forces they were designed to manage, and why it matters. In each of five short chapters, he considers a moment in history in which the challenges we face today were first encountered, how they were overcome or not and with what consequences. With the advent of authoritarian leaders and the simultaneous rise of populism, representative democracy appears to be caught between a rock and a hard place, yet it is this space that it must occupy, argues Grayling, if a civilized society, that looks after all its people, is to flourish.

    Imprint: ONE WORLD
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • DEMOCRACY IN CHAINS : The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America
    DEMOCRACY IN CHAINS : The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America
    MACLEAN NANCY
    ISBN: 9781925322583
    Title: DEMOCRACY IN CHAINS : The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America
    Author: MACLEAN NANCY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An explosive expose of the man and the ideas behind the well-heeled right's relentless campaign to eliminate unions, suppress voting, privatise public education, and curb democratic majority rule.

    Behind today's headlines of billionaires taking over US government is a secretive political establishment with deep and troubling roots. The capitalist radical right has been working not simply to change who rules, but to fundamentally alter democratic governance. But billionaires did not launch this movement; a white intellectual in the embattled Jim Crow South did. This book names its true architect - Nobel Prize-winning political economist James McGill Buchanan - and dissects the operation he and his colleagues designed to alter every branch of government to disempower the majority.

    In a brilliant, engrossing narrative, Nancy MacLean shows how these ideas were forged in a last-gasp attempt to preserve the white elite's power in the wake of Brown v. Board of Education. By recasting the era's legal and social-movement successes, Buchanan developed a brilliant, if diabolical, plan to undermine the majority's ability to use its numbers to level the playing field between the rich and powerful and the rest of us.

    Corporate donors and their right-wing foundations were eager to support Buchanan's work in teaching others how to divide America into 'makers' and 'takers'. And when a multibillionaire on a messianic mission, Charles Koch, discovered Buchanan, he created a vast, relentless, and multi-armed machine to carry out Buchanan's strategy.

    Based on ten years of research, this revelatory work tells a chilling story of right-wing academics and big money run amok, and is a call to arms to protect the achievements of twentieth-century American self-government.

    Imprint: SCRIBE
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
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